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Myerscough College (pronounced as Myers-coe) is a Higher and Further Education college near Bilsborrow on the Fylde in Lancashire, England.

Myerscough College
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MottoOpportunities for All to Succeed
Established1894 (as the Lancashire Country Institute of Agriculture)
PrincipalAlison Robinson
Chair of GovernorsStuart Heys
St Michael's Road, Myerscough and Bilsborrow
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53°51′11″N 2°45′47″W / 53.8531°N 2.7631°W / 53.8531; -2.7631Coordinates: 53°51′11″N 2°45′47″W / 53.8531°N 2.7631°W / 53.8531; -2.7631
CampusRural (Preston)
Myerscough College is located in the Borough of Wyre
Myerscough College
Location in the Borough of Wyre



Myerscough College was founded on 15 March 1894 as the Lancashire County Institute of Agriculture.[1][2] The college's origins begin in 1890, when the then newly formed Lancashire County Council set up a sub-committee with the remit of making grants available to help local agriculture. The Chairman of the Farming Sub Committee, Reverend Leonard Charles Wood, was responsible for overseeing the purchase and management of a new educational establishment for agriculture.[3]

The original college was based at Home Farm near the village of Hutton, south of Preston, and moved to its current site in 1969, as recorded by a stone plaque on the teaching block built at that time. The new college was built on the site of Myerscough Hall,[4] near St Michael's Road in Bilsborrow, and is in the rural parish of Myerscough and Bilsborrow.[5] In 1993 the college was renamed Myerscough College following the passing of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

The college occupies the substantial grounds previously occupied by the hall and farm, extending to River Brock on the north side, and St Michael's Road on the south. The college also leases several local farms, including Lee Farm[2] and Lodge Farm,[6] for agricultural research and teaching purposes. The college estate extends to 605 hectares, and the campus has extensive residential accommodation.[5]

Present DayEdit

30 June 2017 saw the launch of its Higher Education provision, University Centre Myerscough, in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire, who validates the college's degrees.[7]

Other centres have also been added in Blackburn, Liverpool, Manchester and Dorset. Each offers a variety of land-based and sport courses. The Myerscough Centre in Dorset, the Lynwood Veterinary Hospital, specialises in veterinary nursing.

In September 2006, the college was the setting for former BBC Gardeners' World presenter Christine Walkden's television programme, Christine's Garden. Walkden is a former student at the college,[2] and in the programme she gave advice on how to present and sell produce; and she also reminisced about her time at the college. The shows aired on BBC2 in March 2007.[8] On 11 October 2006, Equine expert Monty Roberts, the inspiration for the Robert Redford film, The Horse Whisperer appeared at the college as part of his "The Horses in My Life" tour.[9] On 20 February 2007, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex visited the college and toured around the college's agricultural education facilities, where he was said to be very impressed by the welcome he received at the college.[10] And in June 2007, the Bishop of New York, the Right Rev E Don Taylor, spent three days at the college, as part of a two-month sabbatical learning about the mission and ministry of rural communities and churches. [11]


In 2011 the college had over 7,000 students, of whom 2,500 were full-time, with about 1,000 studying Higher Education. Subjects to study at Myerscough College include arboriculture, agriculture, ecology, countryside management, motorsports, mechanisation, sports and leisure, golf, landscape design, animal care, equine studies, horticulture, sportsturf, photography, and farriery/metalwork. Short courses for industry range from crane handling to crop spraying, and short leisure courses from caravan manoeuvring to floristry. Myerscough has also been in the forefront of developing on-line and blended learning courses for the land-based industries, allowing students to work full or part-time and to study on-line to complete foundation degree and Honour degree programmes.

In August 2005, the college announced a partnership with Lancashire County Cricket Club where they would offer students the opportunity to study at the club's indoor cricket centre for a national diploma combining academic studies in sport with practical skill development in cricket.[12]


Myerscough College is home to the National Centre for arboriculture, and is recognised internationally for its specialism in this subject.

There is an international equine arena, a nine-hole golf course[13] and simulated golf training centre, the plant centre, an off-road driving track, nine-hole disc golf course, sports fields and a sports centre and gymnasium, as well as an arboretum, woods, fields, ponds and the River Brock on the site. The Frank Peregrine Higher Education Centre was opened in 2006 and extended in 2010.

In addition, the college houses the Rural Business Centre, which provides support for rural business in the form of courses, advice, links and the Rural Business Incubator for startup businesses.

The sports centre, which cost £1.8M, was opened in 2004, and contains a golf studio.[13] In May 2007, the college opened a milking parlour at Lodge Farm which can facilitate 50 cows at one time, which the college stated showed their long-term commitment to agriculture.[6] A further development in sport came in 2016 with the opening of the High Performance Sports Centre. The state-of-the-art facility cost £3.2 million and complements the College's existing Sports Centre. The works consisted of the demolition and removal of an existing Sportsturf centre and workshop, as well as the demolition of a derelict, disused pavilion, to make way for the erection of the new build, which includes a purpose-built hall as well as a Strength & Conditioning suite and offices, and a separate new Sportsturf Management facility.[14]

In 2017, the College opened its Food and Farming Innovation and Technology (FFIT) Centre, a sector-leading[citation needed] centre of excellence[citation needed] for industry training and research in beef production. On the site of Myerscough's Lodge Farm, the FFIT is a major flagship build for agriculture and associated courses at Myerscough. The main FFIT Centre consists of a red brick, two-storey building to house the research and teaching facilities that link with the various technologies in the nearby Livestock Innovation Centre and farm. The FFIT Centre also boasts[citation needed] facilities to support food research and development with the aim of creating a resource that both local businesses and students can use to investigate opportunities to process and add value to on-farm produce.

This includes specialist teaching, demonstration and research facilities including a teaching laboratory, soil laboratory, instrumentation room, production development kitchen, as well as a conference room, general teaching rooms, offices, a dining area and changing facilities. [15]

Notable former studentsEdit


  1. ^ "Celebrations launched for Myerscough College's 125th anniversary | Myerscough College". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Garden guru at college". Blackpool Gazette. 22 September 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Myerscough College at 125 –  A Brief History – Part One | Myerscough College". Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Myerscough". GENUKI. 1 June 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Myerscough & Bilsborrow Profile". Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
  6. ^ a b Wade, David (24 May 2007). "College invests in milk parlour". Blackpool Gazette. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Myerscough celebrates University Centre status | Myerscough College". Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  8. ^ Ettridge, Lisa (14 March 2007). "Gardens expert in BBC2 role at college". Blackpool Gazette. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  9. ^ "The Horse Whisperer to appear at college". Blackpool Gazette. 4 October 2006. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  10. ^ Robinson, Joe (21 February 2007). "Royal visit for Fylde college". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  11. ^ Butler, Heather (22 June 2007). "Bishop of New York visits Fylde". Blackpool Gazette. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  12. ^ "Myerscough's Lancs link". Blackpool Gazette. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  13. ^ a b "Putting the fun into college course work". Blackpool Gazette. 8 December 2004. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  14. ^ "Introducing….our High Performance Centre for Sport". Myerscough College. Myerscough College. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  15. ^ "OFFICIAL OPENING: Agriculture at Myerscough College is FFIT for the future". Myerscough College. Myerscough College. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  16. ^ Peter Hetherington, Leader of Wiltshire Council in The Guardian dated 28 May 2013, online at the, accessed 16 November 2014
  17. ^ "CHRISTINE WALKDEN". Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Groundsman Paul becomes a Galáctico! " - Myerscough College's official website

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